The Coin

The Coin won a Finalist Award in the Mystery/Suspense Category from the Indie Excellence National Awards.

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El Tigre

El Tigre won a Finalist Award in Western Fiction in both Indie Excellence and USA Best Books Awards.

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El Tigre II

El Tigre II has won a Finalist Award in the Western Category in the Indie Excellence National Awards Competition.

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Lobo

Lobo was the winning novel in the Military Fiction Category in the Indie Excellence National Awards Competition.

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Unbarred Innovation

Unbarred Innovation, A pathway to Greatest Discoveries ISBN: 9781523863983 is a motivational e-book by Mayur Ramgir.

The author believes in “Changing the world with powerful words.” He envisions a world with no incurable diseases, people without disabilities and a planet without disasters, all achieved through effective use and development of technology; e.g. “advanced nanotechnology, sonic speed and smarter genetic engineering,” He once read “everything a human mind can imagine is what the human can achieve.” Thus, the only thing standing in the way are self-imposed barriers to these accomplishments and: “With this book and Zonopact Innovation Lab, I want to bring down all such barriers.” He quotes Theodore Levitt’s statement “Creativity is thinking up new things; innovation is doing new things.” and states that his intent is to “diffuse the idea that only a few can be innovative.” To become a creative/innovative individual he stresses the need for intensive introspection to develop self-esteem, self-reliance, focus, discipline, ability to overcome adversity, and to gain an ability to think ‘outside-the-box’, to overcome any knowledge gap, avoid provinciality in thinking and action and to interexchange conversations, beliefs and knowledge with persons in different disciplines. All of these activities will lead to acquisition of new perspectives so as to become one of those innovators similar to the large number of exemplary individuals he references and quotes.

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A Second, Less Capable, Head

A Second, Less Capable, Head, And Other Rogue Stories ISBN 9781937818395, Sand Hill Review Press, an e-book by James Hanna,

This book has been termed a fictional, satirical anthology and several of the 19 individual stories are just that. Others often are quite short vignettes that along with one or two others contain pathos and perhaps even character insights. In this reviewer’s opinion, the book’s title story presents an amusing statement; The Guest (2), also an amusingly well done parody on today’s government; Exposed (3) pathos; Fruits (5) a scathingly good similar depiction to number two, as well as adding the all-too-apparent present day ‘human’ attitude; similarly, The Sicilian (7), Breaking Vials (8), Honey Bunny (9) present interesting issues. Hunting Bear (12) introduces the sociopath featured later in an advanced condition of psychosis in Hunter’s Moon (17); Another Will Take Your Place (18), the story of a serial rapist and one of his victims again, as with numbers 12 and 17, scathingly depicts the fallacies of today’s criminal system, but this latter, also provides an interesting comment/conjecture on one victim; The Break (14) presents a realistic picture of a chase of escaped prisoners.

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Delilah’s Vampire

Delilah’s Vampire ISBN: 9781508042204, an e-book by Alicia Rayn

Plot/Characters: A prologue recounts the story of Delilah’s shoring of Samson’s locks and subsequent devastating results. However the story insinuates that Samson did not die after destroying the temple but eventually freed himself from the ruins only to discover that he had become a vampire. As such, he turns numerous others as he continues through several thousand years looking for the treacherous woman so he can enact revenge. Through the millennia he has succeeded in controlling his blood requirements by inventing a substitute fluid and has become a powerful figure in the human financial world known as Ash Samson, He suddenly discovers Delilah, now a fund manager named Ariana. He hires her to administer his enormous wealth and begins his plan for retribution. All does not proceed as planned because of a number of interacting activities. He discovers he still has almost uncontrollable love for this Delilah/Ariana person and hesitates in proceeding with his vengeful activity. Meanwhile, James, Ariana’s husband, has been bled dry by Toria, Ash’s long-time associate and one-time concubine of the Kurdish warrior Saludin. For some vague reason and not even having heard of Ariana at the time, he saves him by giving him some of his blood but by doing so, converts him to a vampire state. Toria, has loved Ash for at least a millennium, and begins to weave a pattern to destroy Ariana. Others; a monk who has been turned, a former soldier with whom Samson had served under Alexander the Great, a younger convert who is part human, part vampire with a relation to Ariana, a maid devoted to Ash, but in some manner associated with Lilith, Adam’s first wife who had been banished from the Garden; and other characters of lesser importance become entangled in the involved conflicting desires and the tale progresses in a most active manner to its finale. A few proofing/editing errors are slightly annoying.

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Constant Guests

Constant Guests ISBN: 9789730209419, an e-book whose genre is difficult to delineate by Patricia Nedelea,

Plot: The story of Isa, a young woman’s quest for answers to questions originally searched for by her real mother, and to discover her real father. Her present mother, Victoria is the proper lady and her father, a crippled athlete but highly successful motivational speaker who ‘is never around’. Isa wants no part of refinement/education. Her fashion statement emphasizes the “rebel without a cause’ generational influence – green hair, ripped jeans, nondescript shoes and a T-shirt saying I am not a bitch, I am THE bitch. She has an abrasive personality, is constantly negative and disparaging those who provide help, has a brutal way of telling the truth, creates friendships which she drops for no reason and finally is left with no one to whom she can turn except Claude, a cyber guy. Then, she discovers that her most proper mother Victoria is NOT her birth mother but she is the daughter of Victoria’s sister, Mara whom she had been told was Aunt Mara, maintained alive but in a coma now for years after an automobile accident. Unexpectedly, after these many years, Mara regained consciousness and she was to be taken to see her. Mara dies while she is there, she is attacked by a masked man, saved through action by a young man, Mark Zweifer. She discovers a tarot card and embarks upon an extensive journey through much of Europe to finish her true mother’s quest and to discover the identity of her true father. It is a most convoluted journey involving many ‘twists’, an interesting thought with respect to the bible, extensive 14th century historical activity mingled with that of the present and an exhaustive history of, and search for the original tarot cards and their significance as related to the existence of an alternate world. The tale is replete with characters providing a wide range of activity.

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The Die Game

The Die Game ISBN: 9781614564737, Sarah Book Publishing, Soft cover, a historical novel by Stephen A. Carter.

This second book in the proposed series of four follows the protagonists as they continue with their adventures during the American Civil War. In the first volume, the reader meets John Saxton, son of the owner of a Boston shipping empire as he is shepherded through a sailing introduction ‘before the mast’ by Marcus Brown, trusted family retainer and giant former Massi warrior; their ensuing activity; John’s marriage to lovely negro Virginia; their collective escape while on the couple’s honeymoon aboard ship from Fort Sumter as it falls; their ensuing evasion of pursuit and ultimate arrival at home. In this volume, John, now owner of the shipping empire upon his father’s death and Marcus, now wealthy and owner of a sizeable ship as reward for his outstanding activity, are persuaded by Alan Pinkerton to meet Lincoln who accepts their idea of building a new design ‘iron clad’ shallow draft ship and organizing an all-black group of rangers to infiltrate enemy lines to provide intelligence and commit havoc. Both projects are completed and the story follows the subsequent activity. John also becomes involved with gaining intelligence through use of the hot air balloon. Virginia is importantly involved in the earlier portions of the book as is Marcus’ wife, Belle and a couple of the old villains continue in their roles of importance. Numerous other, both fictional and historical characters, are involved as the tale progresses from an engaging thriller to eventual provision of historical fact interspersed with fiction and thoughtful comments on the negro/white relationship.

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